Codeblack Films has acquired Kevin Hart’s concert film, “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain,” which partner Lionsgate plans to release in theaters over the July 4 weekend.
Lionsgate and Codeblack struck a partnership in May for the production of films, TV shows and other entertainment properties for black or “urban” audiences.
Hart’s 2012 tour spanned 10 countries and 80 cities, selling more than 540,000 tickets. He sold out some of the world's biggest venues, including Madison Square Garden and London's O2 Arena.
Hart has built himself into one of the most successful comedians working today, combining stand-up, acting roles and hosting duties at various awards shows.
“Let Me Explain is my best work to date,” Hart said in a statement. “I am beyond excited by how my fans will be able to see my growth as a stand-up comedian from my first special I’m a Grown Little Man until now.”
Codeblack partnered with Hart on his last concert film, “Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain,” which grossed $7.7 million in limited release. The comedian has since starred in "The Five-Year Engagement" and “Think Like A Man,” a surprise box office hit for Sony’s Screen Gems label that took in $96 million worldwide.
“I am very excited about working with Kevin on his next stand up film," Clanagan said in a statement. "We laid the groundwork with Laugh at My Pain. Let me Explain will show Kevin's growth as a comedian and entrepreneur as well as his global appeal.”
"Let Me Explain" will serve as counterprogramming to "Despicable Me 2," the sequel to the animated hit, and 'The Lone Ranger," Gore Verbinski's action western starring Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp.